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The World About Us: Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it.

For four years an English girl, Jane Goodall, studied chimpanzees in the wild forests of tropical Africa. This remarkable film tells the story of her unique experiences with man's closest living relatives.
A National Geographic Society film produced in association with Wolper Productions Inc.
from the South and West

The World About Us at 7.25
'One of the happiest days of my life', says Jane Goodall about the day she pitched camp in the Gombe Stream Reserve in equatorial Tanzania. From childhood days in Bournemouth she had dreamed of studying wild animals in Africa; then the dream came true, and for five years she lived among chimpanzees.
But It took months to overcome their suspicions - months spent in learning about their general behaviour, observing their nomadic movements and social groupings, their nesting and feeding habits. When they allowed her to approach closely and themselves visited her camp site, sometimes stealing her clothing or taking food from her hand, she was able to observe their behaviour more intimately. The result is a remarkable film.
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau: Sharks

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it

The leading figure in sea exploration is on a five-year voyage which is the culmination of his life's work. On board his ship Calypso he has a team of scientists equipped with some of the most advanced oceanographic apparatus yet devised, including miniature submarines and underwater film and television cameras.
In this the first of several film reports Cousteau turns his attention to the most feared of all the inhabitants of the sea...
Produced by Les Requins Associes and Wolper Productions Inc.
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Discoverers

The 400th edition of The World About Us
Compiled by David Attenborough
In 400 programmes the producers, film teams and explorers of The World About Us have brought to the screen unique, frequently spectacular film of places, people, animals and events. No polar region, no jungle, no desert, no ocean, no mountain has seemed too remote or too inaccessible. No tribe, no animal, no bird, no exotic plant has escaped their attention - or so it seems.
Wild Dogs of Africa, The People of the Seal, The Bay of Whales, Jacques Cousteau's The Night of the Squid, The Romance of Indian Railways, were all programmes - and journeys - to remember.
A compilation which recalls moments of achievement and risk; excitement and danger; discovery and despair.
Presented by JENNY CROPPER
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

A Prospect of Kew with Richard Mabey
Bananas in the Palm House, magnolias in spring, or a rare orchid - each one of us has our own vision of Kew.
But plants are more than just beautiful, they're essential to our survival. And in a world where every day one plant species may face extinction, the Royal Botanic Gardens has a vital role to play.
Richard Mabey takes us beyond this showpiece of loveliness and reveals, in Kew's two centuries of history and in its scientific development, how it has become the international centre for plant conservation.
Film cameraman BERNARD HEDGES Film editor JOHN TRUMPER Producer CAROLINE WEAVER Series editors
The World About . Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar, £1.99 (rec price), from retailers
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Forgotten Peninsula

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it.

Joseph Wood Krutch, author and naturalist, is narrator and guide on a visit to the unspoiled natural wonders of Mexico's Baja California region.
Produced and directed by Gerald Green for N.B.C.
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Secret Bowers

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it

The birds of Australasia include some whose plumage is among the most beautiful in the world, some with unique methods of incubation, and others whose ways of courtship are incredibly complex. The behaviour of a few even suggests that birds have an aesthetic sense.
from the South and West
Produced by the BBC in association with Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Institut fur Film und Bild
BBC Two England

The World About Us: Ileksen

Two weeks ago on The World About Us 'Yumi Yet' showed how Papua New Guinea leapt in one bound from an almost stone-age tribal culture to political independence and a seat at the UN. Now Ileksen takes the story one stage further: only two years after independence Papua New Guinea held its first General Election to elect a British-style parliamentary Government.
Although some candidates still wear tribal paint and feathers, they soon show they have nothing to learn about the hustings - they took to the platform and the loudhailer with the skill of old campaigners and gave us a lesson in well-mannered 'Ileksen-eering.'
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Year of the Ladybirds

The long, hot summer - the driest for two centuries-was seen by most of us as a year of disaster for the countryside. But was it really?

Why were there so many ladybirds? Are the trees really dying? How is Britain's wildlife coping with a crisis that is changing the world about us?

Narrated and produced by Barry Paine
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Yuml Yet- Independence for Papua New Guinea
This award-winning film celebrates Independence Day in Papua New Guinea - attended by Prince
Charles as The Queen's representative.
In a mere 100 years Papua New Guinea has changed from a widely diverse collection of warring tribes into an embryo nation ready to apply for membership of the UN. This film shows, with humour and understanding, how some of the most primitive people in the world face up to becoming the world's 142nd nation state.
Film cameraman RICHARD MARKS Film editor TOM FOLEY
(On 22 October The World About Us shows Papua New Guinea's first election)
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Jaws - The True Story
The great white shark is one of the world's most feared beasts. Now, star of three Hollywood movies, victim of considerable persecution and bane of beach resorts the world over, it remains to the public and scientists alike, a fascinating and terrifying enigma.
The World About Us looks at the great white shark with Dr John McCosker , director Steinhart Aquar ium, San Francisco, and in particular the film examines its often gruesome relationship with man.
Film cameraman KEITH BURTON
Underwater photography AL GIDDINGS Film editor phil ELLIOTT Producer TONY SALMON
Series editor ANTHONY ISAACS 0 FEATURE: page 4
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Romance of Indian Railways Written and narrated by James Cameron
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of railways, The World About Us explores the highways and byways of one of the greatest railway networks in the world. With Michael Satow , retired managing director of ICI in India, we travel around some of the most spectacular locations in the subcontinent, in search of steam locomotives great apd small for the first railway museum in Asia. For steam enthusiasts India is a paradise, but for ordinary mortals the railways provide a fascinating insight into daily Indian life.
' The Railway,' says JAMES CAMERON , ' is the supreme example of India resolving all her natural disorder and fallibility into a wholly acceptable success.'
Film editor SIMON HAMMOND Producer colin LUKE
BBC Two England

The World About Us

On the Edge of Paradise
The Caribbean is one of the world's great tropical paradises. Its lush greenery, coral reefs, sparkling seas and sands attract a growing number of tourists - particularly to the tiny islands of the West Indies, like Barbados and St Lucia. But behind the idyll the islands are struggling to survive. A complex web of life is becoming unstable: this paradise is balanced on a knife-edge.
Narrated by HUGH SYKES
Film editor BETTY BLOCK
Film cameraman KROV MENUHIN
Written and produced by TONY EDWARDS Series editors PETER JONES , ANTHONY ISAACS BBC Bristol
The World About Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar, £1.99 (rec price) from retailers
BBC Two England

The World About Us

The Underwater World of Al Giddings
Most people are content to watch sharks from the safety of the cinema or television - Al Giddings, underwater photographer extraordinary, prefers to film them live. The programme looks at some of Al's most astonishing work, from diving under the North Pole to swimming with whales in Hawaii; from hand-feeding sharks in the Maldives to filming the skeletons of sailors in the wrecks of the Japanese fleet in Truk Lagoon. The World About Us team followed Al from San Francisco to South Australia where he was filming the great white shark for a seven million dollar Disney Circle vision project. The great white shark was the star for Jaws - this time it was for real. Narrator Robert Powell
Underwater photography AL GIDDINGS
Film editor PHILIP elliott Producer TONY salmon Series editors
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Hugo van Lawick and Jane Goodall present
The Wild Dogs of Africa Narrator
David Attenborough
Havoc is boss of the Genghis Pack. She browbeats and bites Angel, and even kills her pups. It is all part of the social structure of a group of wild hunting dogs that JANE GOODALL and her husband, cameraman BARON HUGO VAN LAWICK , have been studying and filming for over two years.
Jane is best known for her study of chimpanzees in the wild that led to a best-selling book, and a very memorable BBC film. This is their second major study, and an even more memorable film.
Directed and co-produced by BARON HUGO VAN LAWICK A Swan production
Producers BILL travers and JAMES HILL The World About Us editors
(... kept her son in a cage: page 11)
BBC Two England

The World About Us

African Masque
The huge African talent for music, dance and story telling is no longer confined to the traditional village setting. It is moving out on to the stage.
Peggy Harper has been studying African dance for many years. She works with a theatre group of dancers, actors and musicians attached to a Nigerian university. She has had international success with dance dramas based on traditional Nigerian dances and rituals. This film follows her from the university campus to a small Yoruba town where she participates in the great festival of the year - the festival of Ogun, God of Iron.
Working with her theatre group back on the university campus, PEGGY gradually evolves, rehearses and performs a theatrical version of the festival and the myth that lies behind it.
Film cameraman ALAN stxveni Film editor jim Latham
Series editors Christopher parsons and ANTHONY ISAACS
BBC Two England

The World About Us: The Manwatcher

In this film Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape, takes a zoologist's eye-view of our gestures, postures and movement - devices used within the family of Man as the silent language of day-to-day encounters.

The human animal is a creature of action and many of these actions reflect our changing moods. The manwatcher reveals some of the meanings of the many signals we each unwittingly but effectively flash to the world about us.
BBC Bristol
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Death of the Giant Tuna
From the Mattanza, the 900-year-old Sicilian fishing festival, to Tokyo, where tuna is more expensive than caviar, The World About Us follows the international slaughter of the magnificent giant bluefin tuna. This ruthless annihilation could mean that next year's Mattanza could be the last. Narrator'ANDREW FAULDS
BBC Two England

The World About Us

A Musical Journey
Narrated by BOB EVERHART
An American phenomenon of recent years is the explosion of interest in folk music. In Bicentennial year Americans celebrated their 200 years of independence through the folk music and dance of their forebears. They began to rediscover their roots in the origins of that music.
In 1980 there were 1,600 events around the country. The World About Us visited major folk festivals in three contrasting regions of the country and met some of the performers on their home ground.
Photography NIGEL MEAKIN Film editor JANE VAL BAKER
Written and produced by BOB SAUNDERS Series editors
BBC Two England

The World About Us

King Kong still rules our imagination, but watching our closest relatives in the wild reveals a gentler giant. Gorillas are the shyest and, sadly, the rarest of the great apes.
The mountain gorilla is running out of a place to live. The low-land gorilla, familiar in many zoos, may share that fate. America's Dian Fossey , and John Aspin all here in Britain are, like many others, endeavouring to dispel the apathy and ignorance that shrouds these intelligent and magnificent creatures.
Narrated and presented for BBC television by BARRY PAINE
Produced for the National Geographic Society by BARBARA JAMPEL
The World About Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar. 11.99 (ree price) from retailers
BBC Two England

The World About Us

Voices in the Forest
The beautiful plumes of the birds of paradise are greatly sought by the highland people of Papua New Guinea, who stalk the forests for days in search of this feathered gold. But why an almost mystical fascination with bird feathers? The village men know the birds well - in particular the breath-taking mating dance of the blue bird. It seems they use the magic of the plumes to gain the special qualities they believe the birds possess.
Narrated by David Attenborough
Photographed and produced by DAVID PARER for the AUSTRALIAN
The World About Us 1982 Wildlife Calendar is now available £1.99
(recommended price) from retailers

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